NAF Takes Part In USP Inagural Archival & Data Exhibition


28th – 30th September, 2011

The University of the South Pacific Faculty of Arts and Law (FAL) held a three days Research Expo at the University’s gymnasium from the 28th – 30th September.

With the theme “Knowing Knowledge” the main aim of the Expo was to create awareness to USP academic staff and students of the archival and data agencies and institutions available in Fiji to access raw or primary data from.

There were five agencies invited to put up a display during the expo and this included the Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Information (Film Archives), Fiji Museum, National Archives and USP Library’s Pacific Collection Unit.

Dr Mohit Prasad, Associate Dean – Research & Graduate Affairs (FAL) who was the main organiser of the event also included lunch hour presentations from various USP Academics who had used data from the above mentioned institutions. Most prevalent amongst all was the use of archival data and records from the National Archives.

The academics included Dr Jito Vanualailai, Associate Professor of Mathematics who presented on “Using statistics for modelling: A case study in the prediction of the number of HIV/AIDS cases in Fiji”,

Dr Max Quanchi, Senior Lecturer in History on “How to use archival photographs for research”, Dr Mohit Prasad on “Ephemera and Popular History: Writing Soccer” and Ashwin Raj, an academic and activist who presented on “National Archives, Archived Nations: the double bind of History”. There were also one hour presentations from the various institutions on the kinds of data and records and how they can be accessed for research purposes.

The National Archives of Fiji’s display was one of the most outstanding as it attracted most of the visitors to the Expo with its black and white photograph collections and the rare display of original archival records.

The Faculty intends to strengthen the Expo next year by inviting more research institutions to expose the collection they hold.


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